Kyoto Tamba Kogen Quasi-National Park
A vast area in the central part of Kyoto Prefecture is designated as a quasi-national park. The park stretches from Kyoto City, Ayabe City, and Nantan City to Kyotamba Town. Ashiu Forest, from which the Yura River flows, is a pristine nature reserve and is also the home to rare fauna and flora. There is also a unique village with a lot of traditional thatched houses. The park gives visitors the opportunity to experience the culture of local people living in harmony with nature and to learn how they have passed on their traditional culture, from generation to generation.Kyoto Tamba Kogen Quasi-National Park is adjacent to the central city of Kyoto, through which many highways connecting the Sea of Japan and the capital of Kyoto run. The harmony of nature and culture is the park’s most distinctive feature.